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April 18, 2009 at 10:25 AM

Razor clam dig looming on the coastal horizon

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Those planning on heading down to coastal beaches for what has turned out to be a fantastic spring razor clam season should like this news.

“We have had really low marine toxins all the way across the board on beaches so I am hopeful this next dig will proceed, but we’ll have to wait for the final test samples,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.

Ayres said they will conduct the test dig on Monday, and send them to the Health Department Lab. The final results should be know by late Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

If the digs are approved Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open April 25-27.

Low tides: April 25, minus-1.7 feet at 7:27 a.m.; April 26, 1.6 at 8:10 a.m.; and April 27, -1.7 at 8:55 a.m.

A shellfish license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Anglers can buy a combination license or an annual shellfish/seaweed license. Also available are razor-clam only licenses in annual or three-day only versions.

Diggers may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 dug, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park will remain closed because the clams there have not grown to harvestable size.

Some coastal beaches might also be open in May.

(Photo by staff photographer Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times)

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